Career in Web Design & Qualifications

  PaulBanks321 03 May 10
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Hi, i am currently studying a Sports Science degree at university. I have come to the conclusion that this area is over-crowded and not interesting anymore.

When i was 16, i was designing logos and websites as a freelancer and did quite well considering i had no teaching or qualifications.

I am eager to understand the different types of qualifications that are available out there; and the different possible ways i can aquire the qualifications i need to take a career in IT Web Design.

  Forum Editor 04 May 10

pretty well. There was a time when people considered website design as bit of a mystery - something that was done by a relatively small number of people, and done well by an even smaller number.

Software developers saw a gap in the market, and site construction applications began to pop up like daisies in summer. I say 'construction applications' because that's what they were - software that enabled people to build sites, rather than design them.

There's a difference between designing a site and getting it up onto a server so all the world can see it. Lots of people are very good at site construction but they lack the ability to design - they need someone else's ideas about layout, colour, mood, etc., and they can't write a decent paragraph of text.

It's rare for someone to possess both the design skills and the technical ability to translate a design into on-line reality, and that's where good software comes into its own. Nowadays a decent designer can use any one of several excellent products to create a working site from his/her design concepts - it's no longer necessary to have much (if any) knowledge of coding. Designers can call on freelancers when they need special server-side facilities for data-driven sites and complex e-commerce situations.

My advice to newcomers has always been the same - be honest with yourself about your abilities, and play to your strengths. If you're a technical wizard with little design sense concentrate on that, and if you're a designer who can't set up a database, don't waste time - there are plenty of people who will do that for you. A career in web-design might appeal, but think very carefully; the market is crowded, and clients aren't exactly throwing money around just now. You might spend some time reflecting on what fourm member has said about the future.

  progcomputeach 29 Jul 10

alternatively you could consider web applications which allow you write functional programs which sit on a web server. This would be programming.

They are written in a programming language(typically C# or VB). If you studied C# then you could study for some exams. Interested?

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